Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State women’s rowing team will go head-to-head with two Big Ten foes this Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., on Lake Lemon. In the morning session, the Buckeyes will have seven races mainly against No. 18 Indiana; they will follow that up with seven more races against No. 13 Iowa in the afternoon.
Boat of the Week Accolades
Through two weeks of the season, Ohio State has had a boat honored after each of its regattas. Following the season opener against No. 9 Yale and Harvard, the First Varsity Four of Ashley Saba, Kimberleigh Warriner, Hanna Gottschalk, Annie Jachthuber and Helen Sudhoff (coxswain) was named the B1G Boat of the Week (March 28) for their outstanding performance that resulted in a 2-0 record.
This week, the Second Varsity Eight – Hanna Gottschalk, Kimberleigh Warriner, Catherine McNutt, Maddie Perrett, Chelsea Harpool, Bridget Schodorf, Cassandra Johnson, Annie Jachthuber and Anjali Fernandes -earned the honors after going 2-1 at the Pac-12 Challenge. The 2V8 successfully knocked off No. 1 California and No. 10 Stanford at the regatta.
Scouting Iowa and Indiana
Iowa moved up two spots from in the CRCA poll from 16 to 14 this week. The Hawkeyes rowed against No. 17 Michigan State and No. 20 Louisville, earning sweeps in the 1V8, 2V8 and 1V4. Indiana attended the same regatta and both of its 1V8 and 2V8 boats registered an overall record of 3-1.
The Buckeyes entered the season ranked second in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association preseason poll. Ohio State returns 23 letterwinners from 2016’s runner-up squad at the NCAA Championships. Ohio State has a plethora of championship experience coming back with 15 of the 23 rowers from the 2016 NCAA Championships scheduled to compete this season. The Buckeyes have won a conference record four-straight championships dating back to 2013. Ohio State dropped two spots in this week’s CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll this week with 387 points.
The Buckeyes were busy this past summer, with five rowers competing at the U-23 Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands and one rower competing at the Rio Olympics. Aina Cid Centelles represented Spain at the Olympics in the women’s pair event. Cid Centelles and her partner, Anna Boada Peiro, made it to the finals and placed sixth in the event.
At U-23’s, Daphne Socha, Cassandra Johnson, Rachel Engel, Stephanie Williams and Laura Monteso Esmel all competed for their countries. Socha represented France in the quad sculls and won bronze. Johnson competed in the 8+ for the U.S. against fellow teammates Engel and Williams, who both rowed for Australia. Johnson and the U.S. won gold with a time of 6:36.90 and the Aussies came in fifth. Monteso Esmel competed for Spain in the lightweight skull pair.
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First Novice Eight (0-2 W/L by Race/1-2 Overall)
Coxswain – Cameron Garcia
Second Novice Eight (1-1 W/L by Race, 3-1 Overall)
Coxswain – Julia Linares